Thursday, January 29, 2015

The @BlackboardK12 BITS Learning Sessions #19 #BbK12Live

The @BlackboardK12 BITS Learning Sessions #19 #BbK12Live

I've partnered with BlackboardK12 to share out the awesome sessions they are having this Fall. Educators can sign up to attend and share with other great educators what they have learned. I'll feature the session and the description on my blog each week and on my Twitter account. If you have questions, feel free to shoot a tweet to @BlackboardK12. Have fun learning and sharing!

The Networked Teacher: The Power of the Professional Learning Network

An accomplished teacher continues to learn. An accomplished teacher continues to connect, communicate, and collaborate. Now 14 years into the 21st century, there are a myriad of ways that teachers can capitalize on the 3C’s of building community, and move beyond the static face-to-face and one-to-one encounters with a brick and mortar school. This session will explore the power of the Professional Learning Network, taking the concepts of a learning community and looking at it from a more global context. How can teachers share, collaborate, discuss, and learn from other teachers around the state, nation, or world? How can teachers engage in an environment that builds and supports not only individual, professional learning, but the learning of students? Although many digital tools are used to develop and sustain a PLN, this session will focus on Twitter and maximizing its use to learn, grow, and connect. The key to building a successful PLN is a commitment to learn, play, engage, and contribute.

Don Lourcey, Director of Professional Learning, North Carolina Virtual Public School

Don Lourcey is the Director of Professional Learning for North Carolina Virtual Public School. He has been an educator for 22 years and before coming to NCVPS in 2007, he served as an English teacher for 11 years and an Instructional Facilitator for 4 years. He is passionate about teaching, learning, innovation, leadership, and digital literacy. He currently lives in Statesville, NC with his wife Michelle (the Chief Academic Officer for NCVPS) and his daughter Elizabeth, and two cats, Gator and Tebow (yep, you guessed it, he is a Florida Gator fan).

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Monday, February 2, 2015 3:30 PM EST

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 Here is the playlist where you can watch this recorded session and other sessions you might have missed.

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